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When will India’s new coach Gautam Gambhir begin his first assignment with Team India?

When will India’s new coach Gautam Gambhir begin his first assignment with Team India?

Gautam Gambhir will have his first assignment without senior players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah.

It is now official that India’s ODI World Cup 2011 champion Gautam Gambhir will be the new head coach for India after the successful tenure of Rahul Dravid. Gambhir is taking over Team India from the high of their T20 World Cup victory, and he aims to carry the momentum forward in the upcoming assignments.

What will be Gautam Gambhir first assignment as head coach?

The India vs Sri Lanka white-ball series, featuring three ODIs and three T20I matches, will be a great opportunity for Gautam Gambhir to play to his strengths. The Ind vs SL series will start from July 27. In the absence of senior players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah, Gambhir will have the freedom to experiment with the playing combination. He will have a free hand to build a team that he believes in. Gambhir is known for his unconventional choices, and we might witness some of these in this series.

Preparation for Champions Trophy 2025

The Champions Trophy is the next major event for the new head coach to focus on. The tournament will be hosted by Pakistan, but it is highly likely that India will not travel to their neighboring country due to the political unrest. It is anticipated that a hybrid model, similar to the Asia Cup 2023, will be introduced. Although the venue for India’s matches has not been decided, Gambhir will begin preparing for the tournament.

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In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, we saw that the former Indian batter likes to build and select a team he has confidence in. He is not afraid to take chances and does not play it safe. Gambhir is known for his bold and unconventional choices, and we can expect to see this approach in his coaching style.

What will be Gambhir’s choose for wicketkeeper in ODIs?

Gautam Gambhir has already stated that Rishabh Pant has been given ample opportunities to secure his spot in India’s playing XI in white-ball cricket but has failed to make a significant impact. As a result, Gambhir wants Pant to focus solely on red-ball cricket. This raises the question: who will be the wicketkeeper for India in the Champions Trophy? Will it be KL Rahul, or could Sanju Samson make his way into the team? It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

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